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Thursday, July 28, 2011
Stats say Saints better without Reggie Bush

By Pat Yasinskas

One of the worst things about the lockout was that I didn’t hear very much from my friends at ESPN Stats & Information. Well, they’re back at it now and going full blast.


They just passed along some really interesting stuff on Reggie Bush, who is being traded from the New Orleans Saints to the Miami Dolphins. Whether you thought he was a bust or not, I think we’d all have to agree Bush, at least at times, played a significant role in New Orleans’ offense.

But some of the numbers that were passed along to me suggest the Saints can be just as good -- or better -- without Bush. They already have been.

Since joining the team in 2006, Bush missed 20 games. In those games, the Saints went 13-7. That’s a .650 winning percentage. In games Bush played, the Saints went 36-24 (.600).

But we have much more than that. In games with Bush since 2006, the Saints averaged 25.9 points. Without him, they averaged 29.8. In games Bush played, the Saints averaged 377.4 yards per game. When he didn’t play, they averaged 419.8.

The Saints completed 66.5 percent of their passes when Bush played. When he didn’t, they completed 67.6.